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  1. Stress and work relationships in the neonatal intensive care unit : are they worse than in the wards ?

    Article - En anglais


    To compare working conditions, sources of stress and professional relationships between a group of nurses working in neonatal intensive care units (ICU) and those working in general paediatric teaching hospital wards.


    Surveys were sent to 96 nurses working in general paediatric wards in three Sydney paediatric teaching hospital centres and to 291 nurses working in six major neonatal ICU in Sydney.

    The survey asked about work environment, patient care, decision-making, sources of stress and professional relationships.

    Thirty-one questions were identical in each survey.

    The survey also included the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) as a measure of emotional health.


    The response rate was ward nurses 86% and neonatal intensive care nurses 66%. Of the 31 identical statements, nine were significantly different between the two groups.

    Neonatal nurses were more likely to feel that their ward work areas were overcrowded and poorly laid out with little patient-free space.

    They had more concerns about inadequate staffing and conflict between nurses and doctors.

    The general ward nurses were more likely to feel that adequate priority was given to patient pain relief and that they had more influence in such decisions but experienced more stress in keeping up to date and were more likely to feel that communication problems between doctors and nurses were a major source of conflict.

    Forty per cent of general ward nurses and 32% of neon...

    Mots-clés Pascal : Infirmier, Unité soin intensif, Service hospitalier, Pédiatrie, Etude comparative, Condition travail, Stress, Relation professionnelle, Néonatologie, Conflit, Perception, Enquête, Milieu professionnel

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nurse, Intensive care unit, Hospital ward, Pediatrics, Comparative study, Working condition, Stress, Professional relation, Neonatology, Conflict, Perception, Inquiry, Occupational environment

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0122800

    Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 199608.